The major expansion of the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, a maximum-security women’s prison, required exceptional planning and programming to maintain operations within, and adjacent to, a live and highly secure environment. The new facility will include 106 cellular beds, a new prisoner reception building, program and recreation building, tele-court facilities, a legal area, sally port, and an extension of the perimeter fence and upgrades to electronic security systems.
Creating social benefit
Social procurement initiatives have been developed under the Victorian Social Procurement Framework to engage social enterprises, Indigenous businesses and workers, and create opportunities for disadvantaged Victorians. The agencies involved include the Jesuit Social Services Out For Good Program, the YMCA Rebuild Program and Wamarra, a civil contractor that provides opportunities for Aboriginal workers. This will be complemented by BESIX Watpac’s National Indigenous Engagement Policy which mandates targets for Indigenous employment on projects. The project will also support participants coming through the YMCA Rebuild Program which will have the opportunity to tender for various landscaping packages.
“This is the future of social procurement and we’re excited about its potential. This project is just the beginning for the BESIX Watpac Begin Program and I am confident it will set a benchmark in the construction industry."Simon Ballard, BESIX Watpac General Manager - Victoria and South Australia
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reuse/recycling of construction waste